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Cloud Acceleration Program: More reasons for SAP customers to migrate to Google Cloud

October 28, 2020
Craig Cook

Director, SAP Solution Engineering, Google Cloud

The arrival of COVID-19 caused massive disruption for companies around the globe and made digital transformation a more urgent priority. That’s why it’s so important that enterprises running their businesses on SAP have the agility, uptime and advanced analytics that Google Cloud can offer. But given the drain on financial and human resources that the pandemic has caused, many organizations are worried about the risks of migrating to the cloud and have considered hitting the brakes on their cloud migrations, just when they should be pressing the gas pedal. 

Last year we launched the Cloud Acceleration Program (CAP), which has significantly helped SAP customers speed their transitions to the cloud. This first-of-its-kind program empowers customers with solutions from both Google Cloud and our partners to simplify their cloud migrations. Google Cloud is also providing CAP participants with upfront financial incentives to defray infrastructure costs for SAP cloud migrations and help customers ensure that duplicate costs are not incurred during migration. CAP funds can also be applied to cloud migrations that are part of SAP’s RISE program. Here’s what customers are saying about the program:

“We had plans to migrate to the cloud, but COVID brought into sharp focus the need to accelerate our SAP migration to the cloud. With help from Google Cloud and their Cloud Acceleration Program, we were able to get the skills and the funding to accelerate this effort dramatically. With our new strategic relationship with Google Cloud, we feel significantly better positioned for the future to take advantage of the elastic, scalable computing capabilities and vast amounts of innovation that [are] constantly being developed.”  

—Maneesh Gidwani, CIO of FIFCO, a global food, beverage, retail and hospitality organization

“The ability to leverage Managecore through the Cloud Acceleration Program dramatically reduced the risk and costs of our SAP migration to Google Cloud. The CAP program enabled Pegasystems to offset the upfront migration expense and significantly expedite our go-live process. With the help of Managecore we were able to focus on running our ERP business operations in the Cloud, rather than the technical elements of the project.”  

—David Vidoni, Vice President of IT, Pegasystems, a CRM and BPM software developer company 

Cloud Acceleration Program Partners step up for SAP customers

Google Cloud’s strong ecosystem of partners are stepping up to the plate more than ever to help customers de-risk their SAP migrations to the cloud. By completing their migrations faster and with minimal cost, customers are now shifting their conversations from concerns about infrastructure and deployment, to higher-value topics such as optimizing costs and driving business value with analytics and machine learning tools.  

“As one of the early partner participants in the Cloud Acceleration Program, we have been able to apply these significant resources to help multiple Enterprise customers in their SAP cloud migration engagements. CAP allows HCL to efficiently get tools and resources to the customer to ease their migration risk concerns & costs. Our customers are now engaging to drive strategic conversations on how they can leverage the SAP platform on the Google Cloud to drive new insights, improve business KPIs and create new business models with capabilities such as Google Cloud analytics and machine learning tools.”

—Sanjay Singh, Senior VP & Global Head, HCL Google Ecosystem Unit

"At NIMBL, we’ve seen both a great deal of interest in Google Cloud by our SAP customers as well as the significant results being realized by those who have deployed. A common concern for many other customers still on this journey – however – continues to be the overall disruption that a cloud migration may cause. Our migration expertise combined with the industry best tools and resources that Cloud Acceleration Program (CAP) offers, helps provide customers with a clear and confident path to the cloud. As a CAP partner, Google Cloud continues to set us up for success with the resources and support we need to deliver these critical customer deployments."

—Sergio Cipolla, Managing Partner, NIMBL Techedge Group

Google Cloud is a great place to run SAP

As pressures to transform increase for SAP enterprises, customers are looking to modernize on a smarter cloud. Google Cloud continues to be a great place to run SAP. Like no other for these unprecedented times, our Cloud Acceleration Program gets customers one step closer by reducing the complexities of migration and technical and financial risk management. Contact us to learn more about Google Cloud for SAP.

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